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(Baltimore Sun)   Between bites of succulent beef at Fogo de Chao, after an office retreat at the downtown Hilton while racking up $300,000 in credit card charges, officials at Baltimore City Schools whine about lack of funding   (baltimoresun.com) divider line 96
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2012-08-28 11:45:26 AM
$500 / 16 people = roughly $31 / person. Sounds like they got out of Fogo de Chao cheap.

I very nearly OD'ed on meat the last time I was at Fogo de Chao. I wasn't hungry for a week.
 
2012-08-28 12:17:10 PM
Happens in a lot of places. My own home town's Board of Ed is constantly bemoaning lack of financing. Got 'em to shut up for a couple years after we caught them holding Board of Ed meetings in expensive restaurants.

Only for a couple.
 
2012-08-28 12:21:53 PM
4 pages? yikes.
 
2012-08-28 12:22:14 PM
Having your retreat meetings at McDonald's is setting a bad example for future Republicans.
 
2012-08-28 12:23:47 PM
But if you don't support giving jerks like this more money you obviously hate children and don't care about America's future.
 
2012-08-28 12:24:28 PM
Isn't it interesting that these sorts of abuses almost always come from the administration side of school districts?

There's your austerity program: keep the same number of actual teachers, fire half of the people who work "for" schools but not in them...
 
2012-08-28 12:24:41 PM

minoridiot: $500 / 16 people = roughly $31 / person. Sounds like they got out of Fogo de Chao cheap.

I very nearly OD'ed on meat the last time I was at Fogo de Chao. I wasn't hungry for a week.


This is why I came into the thread... Glad it was the Weeners.

"Ohhh $31/ person... look at the big spenders"

How much money and time was wasted reviewing this expenditure? Nothing in the article screams abuse.
 
2012-08-28 12:24:58 PM
And the Dixon thing is what, only a couple years behind them? Morons.
 
2012-08-28 12:25:34 PM

ltdanman44: Having your retreat meetings at McDonald's is setting a bad example for future Republicans.


You really do know nothing about Baltimore, other than "we stole your team" do you?
 
2012-08-28 12:25:39 PM
If only the school system had access to a building with chairs and desks where people could meet.
 
2012-08-28 12:25:45 PM
They'll continue to vote for him, just like every other corrupt politician like him in similar areas.
 
2012-08-28 12:26:34 PM

SmellsLikePoo: Weeners.


No more boobies?
 
2012-08-28 12:28:02 PM

Pray for Omarion: ltdanman44: Having your retreat meetings at McDonald's is setting a bad example for future Republicans.

You really do know nothing about Baltimore, other than "we stole your team" do you?


Hate the browns you can have em'

/Steelers fan
 
2012-08-28 12:28:18 PM

ltdanman44: Having your retreat meetings at McDonald's is setting a bad example for future Republicans.


If they are Baltimore politicians, then they have a "Mickey(D)" or they have an "(R)-ah" behind their name.
 
2012-08-28 12:30:08 PM
Administrators are the biggest part of the problem in public schools.
 
2012-08-28 12:31:25 PM

minoridiot: $500 / 16 people = roughly $31 / person. Sounds like they got out of Fogo de Chao cheap.

I very nearly OD'ed on meat the last time I was at Fogo de Chao. I wasn't hungry for a week.


Lunch rate.

Just there last week. Meat coma just wore off.
 
2012-08-28 12:34:02 PM

SmellsLikePoo: How much money and time was wasted reviewing this expenditure?


Do whut?
 
2012-08-28 12:34:13 PM
Nothing is more important than public education subby, nothing.

latimesblogs.latimes.com

timenewsfeed.files.wordpress.com

/education - Do it for the children!
 
2012-08-28 12:36:52 PM
subjectlinesblog.com

/is well aware of the situation
//hot like Terry D'Agostino
 
2012-08-28 12:38:02 PM

minoridiot: $500 / 16 people = roughly $31 / person. Sounds like they got out of Fogo de Chao cheap.


You don't think they actually tipped, do you?
 
2012-08-28 12:38:20 PM
I do not see any blatant abuse but i do see a lot of unneeded expenditures.

The needs to be a rule or law forcing school boards to hold meetings at the school(s) they serve. want food? call dominos they deliver you know.
 
2012-08-28 12:38:57 PM
I think the $250,000 executive office renovation is worse than most of this stuff. Though you aren't a law firm or banker. so stay out of Ruth's Chris.
 
2012-08-28 12:41:49 PM

vudukungfu: minoridiot: $500 / 16 people = roughly $31 / person. Sounds like they got out of Fogo de Chao cheap.

You don't think they actually tipped, do you?


I lol'd, and I'm sorry.

/Not really.
 
2012-08-28 12:41:53 PM
But, you have to admit, Fogo de Chao is pretty awesome.
 
2012-08-28 12:45:48 PM
This is why it's better to work for a successful privately held company. At least then you only get the CFO's eye-roll when you submit expense reports with first class air tickets and $1,000 meals for four.

Why anyone working for a municipality, however, especially a shiathole like Baltimore, would think that was okay is anyone's guess. At least we actually earned our extravagances.
 
2012-08-28 12:47:24 PM
Me at the latest school board meeting where they were going to try to cut arts, sports, and music program funding because of "budgets."

"I noticed there are still about $75,000 in "discretionary spending" for the superintendent and the school board. If we are cutting programs, administrative staff should have $0 for discretionary spending. That $75K needs to be diverted to schools for the programs under discussion here."

* crowd rumbles in agreement

They managed to save those programs, but they also managed to keep their slush fund.
 
2012-08-28 12:49:36 PM
Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiit
 
2012-08-28 12:51:49 PM

ltdanman44: Having your retreat meetings at McDonald's is setting a bad example for future Republicans.


Product of the Baltimore school system?
 
2012-08-28 12:52:05 PM

SmellsLikePoo: SmellsLikePoo: Weeners.

No more boobies?


There is always boobies!

One word makes the difference. I'll leave it up to you to figure out which one it is.
 
2012-08-28 12:52:19 PM

SmellsLikePoo: minoridiot: $500 / 16 people = roughly $31 / person. Sounds like they got out of Fogo de Chao cheap.

I very nearly OD'ed on meat the last time I was at Fogo de Chao. I wasn't hungry for a week.

This is why I came into the thread... Glad it was the Weeners.

"Ohhh $31/ person... look at the big spenders"

How much money and time was wasted reviewing this expenditure? Nothing in the article screams abuse.


See that picture in the article?

500$ suit
10,000$ worth of furniture
1500$ computers/gear

This is the head of the IT department. This is huge red flag.
 
2012-08-28 12:54:46 PM
Yeah, but you give me seven thousand for a basketball and an air pump, I am making goodly on that for whatever, whoever comes at me.
 
2012-08-28 12:57:13 PM

pounddawg: Administrators are the biggest part of the problem in public schools.


Thread ovar.
 
2012-08-28 12:59:52 PM
Fogo is awesome.

It's like a Meatocalypse.
 
2012-08-28 01:00:49 PM

minoridiot: $500 / 16 people = roughly $31 / person. Sounds like they got out of Fogo de Chao cheap.

I very nearly OD'ed on meat the last time I was at Fogo de Chao. I wasn't hungry for a week.


Its obvious they left a crappy tip too. Must be Canadian.
 
2012-08-28 01:01:58 PM
Judging by the second comment, at least they've got a GREAT Kerouac Studies program.
 
2012-08-28 01:06:00 PM

Kahabut: SmellsLikePoo: minoridiot: $500 / 16 people = roughly $31 / person. Sounds like they got out of Fogo de Chao cheap.

I very nearly OD'ed on meat the last time I was at Fogo de Chao. I wasn't hungry for a week.

This is why I came into the thread... Glad it was the Weeners.

"Ohhh $31/ person... look at the big spenders"

How much money and time was wasted reviewing this expenditure? Nothing in the article screams abuse.

See that picture in the article?

500$ suit
10,000$ worth of furniture
1500$ computers/gear

This is the head of the IT department. This is huge red flag.


This is a $3,000 suit! C'mon!

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2012-08-28 01:06:06 PM

minoridiot: $500 / 16 people = roughly $31 / person. Sounds like they got out of Fogo de Chao cheap.

I very nearly OD'ed on meat the last time I was at Fogo de Chao. I wasn't hungry for a week.



I wonder if that was lunch or something. Last time I was there it was $50 a person to eat minumum. I treated my parents and sister in Minneapolis. We all drank water and shared 2 deserts. The bill was almost $300 after the tip.
 
2012-08-28 01:06:47 PM
Subby has never had an expense account I guess...

"School officials typically stay where the conferences are held, which sometimes means costly hotels. For example, one school board member traveled to Memphis, Tenn., last year and stayed at the Peabody Hotel, a favorite of country music stars that starts at $300 per night. Another board member's stay at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston totaled $1,800 for four nights, statements show."
Sounds about right, I'm a lowly employee and my hotels rooms cost 180-220 a night at conferences.

The board also met with Alonso in April of this year over a $735 dinner at the Capital Grille, which nine people attended.
735/9 = about $82 per person. Entree 30-60, drinks 8-12, apps 8-10 a person, + 18% tip

"Among those transactions were a $450-per-person office retreat at the downtown Hilton, during which the 16 employees of the Information Technology Department were also treated to a $500 dinner at Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao; and a $264 lunch for students at Hooter's."
450/person retreat? Sounds about right. 100 for catering, 50 for transportation, 100 for room rental, and 200 for speakers
500/16=31.65 From what I remember Fogo is pretty damn expensive. Their salad bar alone is $18 (and shiat i might add)
Take a group of kids to a restaurant and you will spend 200+ no matter what you do. lets estimate 10 kids (264/11 people = $24 a person. $12 burger, $2-3 soda, $4 apps, tax and 18% tip)

Receipts show that several of the cardholders paid hundreds of dollars in sales tax, though the system is a tax-exempt organization.
Morons.
Also,you can file a form to get the sales tax back as a refund if you forget or cant get except status.



This though is BS
Oberlton, whose controversial $250,000 renovation of his executive suite was detailed by The Sun earlier this year, declined to comment through a city schools spokeswoman.
 
Really? How much work did you really need to do?
New lights, carpet, desk and paint cannot be over $100,000. What did you do, add a window??

One cardholder charged $97,000 worth of student leadership grant funds to the card to take students on several trips out of town. 
Yeah...that isn't what the card is for.
 
2012-08-28 01:09:05 PM

minoridiot: $500 / 16 people = roughly $31 / person. Sounds like they got out of Fogo de Chao cheap.

I very nearly OD'ed on meat the last time I was at Fogo de Chao. I wasn't hungry for a week.


I think you are also forgetting about the outrageous $16/person spent for lunch... at Hooters no less!!!
 
2012-08-28 01:10:59 PM
Clearly this is the reason for budget problems:
$500k/1.5 years ~ $333k/yr
$333k/yr/$1.31B/yr ~ 0.025% of yearly budget

I am not saying that the spending is warranted, but stop pretending that this is killing the budget.
 
2012-08-28 01:18:15 PM

ElFugawz: Clearly this is the reason for budget problems:
$500k/1.5 years ~ $333k/yr
$333k/yr/$1.31B/yr ~ 0.025% of yearly budget

I am not saying that the spending is warranted, but stop pretending that this is killing the budget.


But NPR and Planned Parenthood are boosting the government deficit and they are less % than this

LESS IS MOAR! 
 
2012-08-28 01:21:17 PM

Maurooned: minoridiot: $500 / 16 people = roughly $31 / person. Sounds like they got out of Fogo de Chao cheap.

I very nearly OD'ed on meat the last time I was at Fogo de Chao. I wasn't hungry for a week.

Lunch rate.

Just there last week. Meat coma just wore off.


When I decided to go vegetarian my last meal was at Fogo.
It was like the patch for meat. I didn't feel the hankering for at least a week or so. 

\Fogo de Chao is the unique meal with time release SmartControlTM Technology that controls cravings all week long.
 
2012-08-28 01:29:42 PM

SmellsLikePoo: minoridiot: $500 / 16 people = roughly $31 / person. Sounds like they got out of Fogo de Chao cheap.

I very nearly OD'ed on meat the last time I was at Fogo de Chao. I wasn't hungry for a week.

This is why I came into the thread... Glad it was the Weeners.

"Ohhh $31/ person... look at the big spenders"

How much money and time was wasted reviewing this expenditure? Nothing in the article screams abuse.


This is actually one of the things I do. I spend 6-8 hours every month processing P-card expenditures for a business that brings in about $20B in revenue a year. Thousands of employees with P-cards. But really, when you make use of MCC codes and job descriptions it is really easy to automate almost everything. And for what it is worth, I identify a handful of fraud misuse of company funds each month, but more importantly I provide detailed feedback on purchasing trends. Attention to that detail is saving the company hundreds of thousands of dollars a month. So no, it isn't hard to control these things, but you do actually have to do it instead of talking about it.
 
2012-08-28 01:30:23 PM

beta_plus: Nothing is more important than public education subby, nothing.

[latimesblogs.latimes.com image 620x388]

[timenewsfeed.files.wordpress.com image 600x400]

/education - Do it for the children!


FTFY
 
2012-08-28 01:39:56 PM
Succulent meat at Fogo de Chao?
Haha, subby!
 
2012-08-28 01:44:36 PM
"Washington! What the hell is this $10,5000 charge for Kente cloth track warm ups from Brooks Bros? And who the hell is Cream Corn & the Foxy Five?"
 
2012-08-28 01:44:59 PM
This is why everyone needs to pay attention to their local school boards, municipalities, etc this admin skimming is rampant. I remember reading an article a few years back that while camden city school district got the same amount of funding as other richer districts the students still got less money per head. Why? The admins were taking it all.

In my home county they televised the local town meetings, it was like parks and recreation but not funny. :( The mayor hired a town manager, that didn't lived in another state, for something like 100k a year to manage the county. I thought that was the majors job. Oh and she got arrested for fraud or something (can't remember her name, I've spent some time googling it but it's been about 5 years now so there may not be a digital archive).

Also all the local politicians had government day jobs in another township, county, or state so they could collect 2 pensions when they retired.

/The line I will always remember her saying "It's not a bike trail it's a bike ROUTE!"
//Bristol Township, pa - suburban white trash central!
///Thank god I moved away
 
2012-08-28 01:51:37 PM
"We are working around the clock to engage our partners and move our agenda forward..."

What does this even mean?

The district has launched an investigation into several restaurant charges made by a former employee - including a $136 visit to the Greene Turtle on his last day on the job.


It's always the guy that's not here any more that gets the blame.
 
2012-08-28 02:02:47 PM

Nezorf: This though is BS
Oberlton, whose controversial $250,000 renovation of his executive suite was detailed by The Sun earlier this year, declined to comment through a city schools spokeswoman.
Really? How much work did you really need to do?
New lights, carpet, desk and paint cannot be over $100,000. What did you do, add a window??


You forgot the bathroom with jaccuzi for him and his secretary and the kickbacks
 
2012-08-28 02:03:49 PM
The spending is unwarranted. Sixteen people should be fired for extravagance spending.
It's not like this country is doing well, so don't act like it is.

What is that... two or three teachers annual salary? Pissed off for bullshiat?
Fire them now.
 
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